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Ben's Reticulated Anemokapi by thomastapir Ben's Reticulated Anemokapi by thomastapir
I asked for and received permission from ~whalewithlegs ([link]) to do my own take on one of the gorgeous creatures from his spectacular Monster Generations sampler ([link]). Why do I have such a soft spot for this particular creature, out of all the amazing creatures featured? Let me count the ways:

1] I love giraffids;
2] I love hexapods;
3] I love anemones, barnacles, nudibranches, cephalopods, and all things slimy, spineless, marine, and tentacular;
4] I love chimerical phyletic hybrids;
5] I'm a big fan of Octavia Butler's "Xenogenesis" series, featuring the anemone-analog-derived and tentacle-headed Oankali;
--and last but not least,
6] Since 2005, I have been working on a science fiction novel about a planet where phanerozoic life followed a symbiotic/colonial evolutionary pathway, yielding body designs eerily similar to this creature's.

Okay, that's six ways, but there are probably more I can't think of right now. --Oh, wait, I just thought of one: the head ornamentation evoked fond memories of the "Spineys" and "Tubers" from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles RPG. Both species were relict vestiges of ancient galactic races so transformed by exposure to mutagenic biological weapons that representative individuals could only be positively identified by their namesake tubes and spikes.

I'm also a big fan of Ben's creature designs in general because the way he handles musculature and joint articulation implies a true parallel evolution towards vertebrate-style body forms--whereas my creatures generally look like vertebrates built by committee. :| I hope some of Ben's imaginative originality comes across in my take on this unique and delightful creature.

Based on an original concept design by ~whalewithlegs/Ben Poulsen--all intellectual copyrights retained by same.
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:iconthemorlock:
TheMorlock Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Student General Artist
Really love this!
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
OH man, this is an old one!  But thanks!  XP
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TheMorlock Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Student General Artist
Well, I just discovered it. Kind of Lovecraftian.
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sidetrack1 Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
reminds me of animorphs 4 sum reason
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weirdsketch Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
how you did the muscular anatomy is amazing in itself.
i just love the concept of this creature, job well done! ^ ^
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:iconthomastapir:
thomastapir Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011
Thanks very much, I'm glad you like it and I appreciate your kind words!
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weirdsketch Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
no problem! ^ ^
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AJTalon Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011  Student Writer
Weird, but a very good weird.
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011
Hah, that's what I aim for! Thanks. :)
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dinshino Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010
It's the god of the forest from princess monanoke!
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piercedinplaces Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome, great technical skill, you've made it look like something straight out of a Studio Ghibli film :D
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:iconthomastapir:
thomastapir Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2009
Hah, thanks very much! That's probably one of the nicest compliments I've ever gotten. :blush:
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:iconpiercedinplaces:
piercedinplaces Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
My pleasure :)
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kstill93 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2009
You're welcome for the fav! and If you don't mind, I would like to recreate this in Spore! I think it's so cool to take pictures of aliens that people drew and try to create a 3D working animal out of them! I'll be sure to give credit, and show you when it's done!
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009
Oh right on, that would be awesome! Please do, I'd love to see it!
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kstill93 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009
Here's the link to my spore reacreation... sorry i couldn't upload video of it moving :(

[link]
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Furgur Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2008
Woooow..This creature looks amazing:D
I love the design..How did you come up with the idea of this creature?
It would be so awesome to see this creature in motion, animated:D
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2008
Well thanks very much! : )

The image concept came from ~whalewithlegs' Monster Generations Sampler ([link]). Ben's creatures--like yours--are always evocative and inspiring. If there is any original creativity here, it came in trying to interpret his concept through my design sensibilities, rendering it with my own take on anatomy and biomechanics.

Thanks again! :wave:
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cytobelovx1 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2008
Lovecraft's Giraffe, what? What, no... WHO... eerrgh. I'll not even speak of how or why. I really like this critter. It reminds me of the nightmares I had as a small child.

I DON'T KNOW WHY I LIKE IT!

I'm not crazy, dammit.
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Cthulu-esque in the extreme.
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2008
:lol: Thanks, I'm glad you like it, even if the reasons escape you!
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commander-salamander Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I luff it!
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:iconthomastapir:
thomastapir Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2008
It luffs you back!
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commander-salamander Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I can tell ;)
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DSil Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2008  Student General Artist
Your novel sounds awesome. Like this drawing!
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2008
Thanks very much! One of these days I'll finish it (the novel)...But not today. *insert procrastination icon here*
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Sphenacodon Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2008
Aagghhh, it's a Great Old One! Run! Run for them thar hills nooooowwwww!!!1!

Other than that, it's awesome. Great collab!
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Piatnitskysaurus Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2008
I can just imagine a 4-chan style caption of this:

"I can haz sentience?"
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Rodlox Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2008
_Up-Lift in a Can_

:D
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Piatnitskysaurus Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2008
OM NOM NOM
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BrokenMachine86 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great work. It would be cool (and a little scary) to see that in real life.
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2008
I think it would be kind of creepy to see those head tendrils squirming around of their own volition! *shudder*
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Rayn-Hammer Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beautiful, I mean truly beautiful, like I can picture its tentacles changing from one vibrant color to the next as the walk in herds across a savanna. Once again, I am impressed!
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2008
Well thanks so much, I'm very flattered and I'm happy you like it! That's a very evocative image, by the way... :)
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Rayn-Hammer Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
thats what I specialize in, ideas and imagery, but no physical representation
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AsmodeodeSinan Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2008
Wow.Very interesting ,especially the tentacular head
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Doodlebotbop Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Ben's creatures are amazing! I am so flabbergasted and stunned by how he was able to make all those! I'd spend so long just figuring out ONE!

And it's silly, but to me it looks like his two middle legs are dancing XD
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2008
:boogie:
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Rodlox Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2008
super-cool.

kudos to you and to whalewithlegs.

"ben, dear, where did you get that pet?"
"cthulhu gave him to me, mommy; he's my new best friend."
;)
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2008
Hah, that's so funny! After I posted this one I kept looking at it and thinking, "If there was normal 'wildlife' inhabiting the planets in Lovecraft's universe, this is what it would look like."
:)
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whalewithlegs Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2008  Student General Artist
man, this looks so good .. it's totally different from my drawing style, I don't even think I could do it like this!! I really love the way you drew out the very non-mammalian head and face while still giving it a very defined bodily musculature, it;s exactly how I was imaging it! Thanks again for doing this!
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2008
Oh, I'm so glad you're happy with it! You're very welcome, and thank you for giving me the opportunity to play with your creatures! :)
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